Is there a perfect parquet floor lurking under your carpet?
Parquet flooring is one of the most desirable types of wooden flooring there is. That characteristic herringbone pattern is so distinctive as to be instantly recognisable, and discovering that you have a beautiful parquet floor hiding underneath your drab carpet can instantly add value to your property. So how do you make the most of your parquet flooring, and what do you need to consider before you launch into a bit of DIY sanding and polishing yourself?
Parquet flooring – not as tough as you think…
Your first reaction may be that a good sand and polish is all parquet flooring needs to bring it back to prime condition. But the strange fact about a hardwood floor like parquet is that its surface is surprisingly soft and vulnerable to damage. It is very easy to scratch a parquet floor, despite the use of ‘hardwood’ tiles.
Original parquet flooring will also be constructed from tiles made from more exotic hardwoods, which will require specialised care and maintenance. While it’s easy to run a sanding machine over a pine floor, get it wrong with a parquet floor and you could end up damaging it beyond repair and face a very hefty bill to replace the damaged tiles. It may even be impossible to match replacement tiles with your existing floor, which can lead to a patchy effect that detracts from the overall look of the floor.
Parquet floor also needs more frequent polishing to maintain its shine and lustre. Without regular polishing parquet flooring can become dull and drab, and nothing drags down the overall look of a room quicker than a grubby looking parquet floor! So be prepared – parquet flooring can be as ‘high maintenance’ as a Hollywood starlet…but look after your precious floor and the results can be dazzling.
Call in the experts
While even the most novice DIY’er is willing to ‘have a bash’ at sanding wooden floors, for delicate parquet flooring it’s best to call in your local floor sanding experts. Their experience of dealing with the intricacies of parquet flooring and coping with all its quirks and foibles means that they can achieve the best results in reviving and restoring a floor back to original condition. They will also have the correct specialist equipment for the job – something that the local plant hire store won’t have. Floor sanding experts will also be able to give you advice on caring for your parquet flooring and how to make the most of it.
Hiding your parquet flooring away…
If you haven’t got the funds to fully restore your parquet flooring but still want to preserve it for a restoration project later on, then the best way to preserve it is to overlay it with laminate flooring. Because laminate floors come in strips that snap together without the use of nails or screws, you can overlay your parquet flooring with a wooden floor that will protect and preserve the delicate surface of the parquet underneath, yet still give you the look and feel of an authentic polished wooden floor.
You can also cover up with a carpet, but the permeable surface of the carpet will allow dirt and even spills to soak through to the surface of the parquet flooring underneath, and may eventually leave ugly stains or marks that will need expert attention to remove.
A parquet floor is top of most people’s wish lists when it comes to polished wooden flooring, so if you’re lucky enough to have one in your home, make sure you make the most of it. Talk to your local floor sanding experts for advice on how to bring your parquet flooring back to life!